Deerhunter main man Branford Cox has been splitting his time with his Atlas Sound ambient pop project, so some bleed-over between the two was bound to happen.
But few people might've expected it to result in the latest Deerhunter release veering off in two different directions simultaneously.
The Microcastle half of the double-disc set focuses on fuzz-enhanced indie rock with off-kilter changes and nomenclature that may suggest a Pavement inspiration to some, but it's more likely Cox has been listening to the mid-80s Kiwi pop of the Clean, Tall Dwarfs and the Chills. If you're not up on that stuff, Microcastle may seem like a more impressive creative breakthrough than it actually is, which could explain the gushy reviews.
The entrancing dronescapes of Weird Era Continued should be appealing to Atlas Sound fans but as with Microcastle, Weird Era Continued will sound much more awesome If you've never heard anything by My Bloody Valentine.
Deerhunter and Times New Viking take over Lee's Palace Wednesday (November 12).